Receiving a cancer diagnosis is hard enough in your 20s or 30s. When you're from the LGBTQ+ community there can be a number of issues you may face. So here's some information and advice that can help you

Whether it's fear of judgement, lack of understanding from the health services, or a lack of representation in the national conversation. LGBTQ+ cancer patients can come across a number of issues when being diagnosed with cancer.

Check out our LGBTQ+ topics for more information:

Lifting the Lid on Cancer in the LGBTQ+ community

Shining the Light on LGBTQ+ Sex and Cancer

Cervical Screening Info and advice for trans men and/or non-binary people 

Check out our charity friends who can provide you with even more advice:

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Find out all the information you need to know about what cervical screening (smear test) is for, what to expect at the appointment. Along with information and advice on cervical screening for trans men and/or non-binary people.

Live Through This

Live Through This is a cancer support and advocacy service for the LGBTIQ+ community. Cancer can affect anyone but is morecommon in LGBTIQ+ people. Until now, the queer community has gone largely underrepresented and we want to change that. We provide a safe space for anybody who identifies as part of the queer spectrum and has had an experience with any kind of cancer at any stage from testing, diagnosis, treatment, remission to long term care.

Queering Cancer

There are major disparities in cancer support for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or two-spirit (LGBTQ2+) and their loved ones. Queering Cancer provides online resources for our community.

Rainbow Mind

Rainbow Mind is a collaborative project led by Mind in Salford and Mind in the City, Hackney and WalthamForest, aiming to tackle mental health issues specifically for individuals within the LGBTQI+ community across both Greater Manchester and London. The project is mainly led, staffed and directed by LGBTQI+ people, and hopes to address the growing need for support in key areas of the UK.

MindLine Trans+

MindLine Trans+ is a confidential emotional, mental health support helpline and signposting service for people who identify as Trans, A Gender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary. We provide a safe place to talk about your feelings confidentially. We don't record calls nor ask for any personal details.

Albert Kennedy Trust

AKT is a voluntary organisation based in England, created in 1989 to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people who are homeless or living in a hostile environment. We support young people into safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates lgbtq+ identities.


Stonewall is Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, working to create a world where every single person can be accepted without exception. It was founded in 1989 by a small group of people who wanted to break down barriers to equality. Stonewall continues to campaign and lobby government to change laws to ensure everyone, everywhere, is free to be themselves. Stonewall works in partnership with a growing network of more than 800 organisations to help create real change for the better. It campaigns to eliminate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in communities, and empowers LGBT people and their allies to be role models wherever they live, work, shop, socialise or pray.

Rise UK

RISE is an independent, Brighton-based registered charity that helps people affected by domestic abuse. If you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and you are experiencing domestic abuse you can contact our LGBT+ team through our helpline on 01273 622 828.


Galop is the UK’s only specialist LGBT+ anti-violence charity. Our mission is to make life just, fair and safe forLGBT+ people. We provide advice, support and advocacy to people who have experienced hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence. Galop is an independent organisation and our services are confidential and free. The best way for people to get in touch with us at the moment is either emailing [email protected] or people can call our Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 999 5428 or email [email protected].